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Hello, and welcome to my corner of the 'net. My name is Kevin Watson and I'm a Principal Engineer at Velodyne LiDAR where I'm working on developing new sensing technologies for future autonomous vehicles.

From August 2014 until April 2015, I lead the development of flight computing hardware and software for the LauncherOne project at Virgin Galactic.

From August 2013 until July 2104 I was a consultant to Google and worked on Project Tango. I was the lead Computer Engineer for development of the tango tablet computer and got to work with an amazing team lead by Johnny Lee and many other engineers at Google and Nvidia. The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion and I think the results are fairly spectacular.

From June 2008 until July 2013 I managed the flight computing group at SpaceX where we designed the computers and networking hardware for SpaceX launch vehicles and spacecraft. I was personally responsible for the overall architectural design of fault-tolerant computing systems, as well as the design of computer and networking hardware used in the current generation Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.

In September of 1984 I started my career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and spent the next twenty-four years as an active member of the flight avionics, robotics, and radiation effects communities. When I left JPL I was the group supervisor of the Advanced Computer Systems and Technologies Group in the Flight Avionics Section.


Looking for FIRST Robotics software? My archived FIRST Robotics software and documentation can be found here. I've also ported some of my FIRST Robotics code to run on the very cool VEX Robotics controller. Vex code can be found here.

Last update: 10/27/2015
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